“Where words fail…music speaks.”
Hans Christian Andersen
I'm glad our wool farmers have got this guy on their side LOL
click on the video link for a Sunday laugh!
Soooo funny Lucca..thank you!
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.
Photograph by Sean Blocksidge, Margaret River Discovery Co...The Cape to Cape Track.
What a wonderful photo, thanks Sophie.
You're welcome RnR!
Hey Sophie, how did the whale watch go?
Pure joy and they did not disappoint in their antics! Having been in lockdown for so long what better way to feed our soul than to feast our eyes on these glorious creatures.
Scroll down and watch one of the videos…you will be enchanted Lucca.
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One of my favourite Australian new age composers Terry Oldfield . The Song in this film “De Profundis” is inspired by the awe-inspiring and moving song of the humpback whales and the amazing creatures that swim in our Oceans.
De profundis clamavi ad te Domine. Domine exaudi vocem meam, translates as …Out of the depths I have cried to thee, oh Lord. Lord, hear my voice.. pays homage to Psalm 129. The whales are crying out for our help…we cannot fail them.
Ok, now my bucket list is getting bigger and bigger, Augusta here we come! Great vid Sophie.
I have to get a bit used to the Terry Oldfield type of music though, never heard of him, but I can detect the whalesong within the music. Jacques Cousteau did a few recordings of whale sounds, great stuff.
Here's one of those videos, the singing whale.
A little night music with Schubert....
The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, one of the most admired buildings in the world, is in the news because of a recent Turkish Supreme Court ruling, which changes its status from Cathedral to Mosque to museum.
The building was originally built as a small church in the 4th Century CE. The present structure was built later in the mid-6th century CE, by order of the Byzantine emperor, Justinian the First. It only became a mosque after Constantinople, as Istanbul was then known, and the Byzantine Empire, fell to Ottoman king Mehmet, the Conqueror, in 1453 CE. It then became a museum by cabinet fiat in 1935, under Kemel Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. It is this 85-year-old cabinet decision which has now been overruled by the Turkish Supreme Court.
Muslim prayers will commnce on July 24th. Personally, I am torn because, the structure is in Turkey and thus the Turks technically have the right to do what they will. May only hope is that people of all relgions will still be able to visit this beautiful place. In my opinion, once seen, never forgotten.
The interior of Hagia Sophia...
Well, they're praying outside, may as well go inside out of the sun!! Besides, it looks more like a mosque to me with the minarets.
LEFT, FROM HISTORIAL COLLECTION/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK; RIGHT, COURTESY OF FOCUS FEATURES. QUEEN VICTORIA AND ABDUL KARIM, 1890; JUDI DENCH AS QUEEN VICTORIA AND ALI FAZAL AS ABDUL KARIM IN VICTORIA & ABDUL
I finally got around to watching the movie "Victoria and Abdul." Brilliant portrayal of Victoria by Judi Dench and one of my favourite actors.
The relationship between Queen Victoria and her handsome, young Indian attendant Abdul Karim was deemed so controversial and scandalous by her family members that, upon the monarch’s death in 1901, they scrubbed his existence from royal history. According to The Telegraph, Victoria’s son Edward immediately demanded that any letters between the two found on the royal premises be burned.
The family evicted Karim from the home the queen had given him, and deported him back to India. Victoria’s daughter Beatrice erased all reference to Karim in the Queen’s journals—a painstaking endeavor given Victoria’s decade-plus relationship with Karim, whom she considered her closest confidante.
The royal family’s eradication of Karim was so thorough that a full 100 years would pass before an eagle-eyed journalist noticed a strange clue left in Victoria’s summer home—and her consequential investigation led to the discovery of Victoria’s relationship with Karim.
Poor lady had an obesity problem, not to mention all the racism in the palace. Bet the same thing happened to Meghan!
Party at the Snowhole....
A little night music.....